• Culture, Music, Review

    Album Review: Reissue of ‘Armed Forces’ by Elvis Costello

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    Featured Image: Ray Di Pietro Elvis Costello revisits his 1979 album Armed Forces in a vivid assault of sound and vision. The nine-vinyl set contains B-sides, demos, outtakes and live recordings. There are also new liner notes penned by Costello, facsimiles of handwritten lyrics, as well as rare photos, concert archives and other memorabilia. Originally…

  • Culture, Music

    Album Review: Hey Clockface by Elvis Costello

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    It is a credit to a singer-songwriter who has been releasing albums since 1977 that when you hear the first track on his new release you think you might be listening to the wrong album. Hey Clockface starts with a haunting Arabic refrain, using an instrument called a Serpent (described by wikipedia as ‘a bass…

  • Culture, Music

    Album Review: ‘Self Made Man’ by Larkin Poe

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    I first became aware of Larkin Poe when they supported Elvis Costello five-years-ago, during his Detour concert at Bridgewater Hall. But it is another elite singer-songwriter who sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell new album has more in common with – Bruce Springsteen. Blue Collar life is much in evidence in the lyrics. “I was a…

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    Album Review: Are You In Love? by Basia Bulat

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    Basia Bulat is due to play YES on 26 September. In this subject-to-change world we currently live in, it is to be hoped that this Manchester date doesn’t get cancelled indefinitely. The verve and assuredness of the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album – Are You In Love? suggests that it will translate well from recording to…

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